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7:25 PM ET, July 2, 2007


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The Corner:
From the White House  —  The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today rejected Lewis Libby's request to remain free on bail while pursuing his appeals for the serious convictions of perjury and obstruction of justice.  As a result, Mr. Libby will be required to turn himself …
Bush commutes Libby's prison sentence  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush has commuted the prison term of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, facing 30 months in prison after a federal court convicted him of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.
Nico / Think Progress:
BREAKING: Bush Commutes Libby Sentence  —  President Bush has spared Scooter Libby from a 2½-year prison term, issuing an order that commutes his sentence, the AP reports.  Libby will never have to go to jail, but his felony conviction will stand, and he will still serve two years probation and owe $250,000 in fines.
CNN Political Ticker:
Appeals court rejects Libby's bid for bail  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A federal appeals court Monday rejected former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby's request to remain free on bond while appealing his March conviction on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bush Commutes Libby Sentence  —  Breaking, from the AP: "President Bush commutes the prison sentence for former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby."  —  Update: The president has reduced Libby's original sentence of thirty months of prison, two years of probation …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: MSNBC Reports Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence  —  President Bush, once again throwing the rule of law out in the trash to cater to his rabid base, has commuted Scooter Libby's prison sentence.  Both MSNBC and CNN are reporting this.  —  As Jeff Toobin just said on CNN …
Cary O'Reilly / Bloomberg:
Libby, Ex-Cheney Aide, Must Go to Jail During Appeal  —  Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, must go to prison while appealing his conviction for obstructing a CIA leak probe, a U.S. appeals court said.  —  Libby may be behind bars within weeks …
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Term in CIA Leak Case  —  July 2 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush commuted Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby's 2 1/2-year prison sentence in the CIA leak case, sparing him from punishment the president called ``excessive.''  —  Bush acted after a U.S. appellate …
Discussion: Hot Air, All Spin Zone and
CNN Political Ticker:
Bush commutes Libby sentence  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush has commuted the prison term of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who faced 30 months in prison after his March conviction on federal charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Appeals court won't delay Libby prison term
Discussion: Salon and Grasping Reality …
George W. Bush / White House:
Grant of Executive Clemency
Discussion: Blogs of War
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIBBY LOSES ANOTHER APPEAL....If Scooter Libby is counting …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Sentence
McCain Shakes Up Campaign  —  McCain, Trailing in Fundraising and Polls, Shakes Up 2008 Presidential Campaign  —  John McCain's campaign, trailing top Republican rivals in money and polls, is undergoing a significant reorganization with staff cuts in every department, officials with knowledge of the shake-up said Monday.
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
McCain Watch: Watch This Space  —  Watch this space, as we'll be coming to you live with the details of today's 2 p.m. McCain conference call, where we should find out his 2nd quarter fundraising total and hear a bit about these staff trims...  2:00: Pre-call, I hear: The campaign …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and
Hassan Butt / Daily Mail:
I was a fanatic...I know their thinking, says former radical Islamist  —  When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network - a series of British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology - I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people …
Bernhard / Moon of Alabama:
Gordon's Source on Iran  —  (updated below)  —  Michael Gordon (NYT co-writer of Judith Miller) has another hate-Iran piece in today's NYT: U.S. Ties Iranians to Iraq Attack That Killed G.I.'s … Glenn Greenwald points out that Gordon's only source for this piece is a "military spokesman" Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Staying Calm and Carrying On  —  The worrying aspect of the British terror-rash is that it's obviously an amateur effort, inspired rather than organized by al Qaeda.  This means we are likely to face more of these things, but that most of them are not going to be massively successful.
Discussion: The Reaction
ISNA - Tehran  —  TEHRAN, July 02 (ISNA)-Writer, producer and director, Michael Moore is to come to Iran for the screening of his new production SICKO in the first international documentary film festival held here.  —  This festival will be held from the 15th to the 19th of October in Tehran.
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